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To create and maintain professional standards and improve the practice of the Value Engineering Methodology (VE) to ensure correct functional performance of a product, service and system when designing, optimising and performing any engineering related activities through most cost effective methods.


01.)       VEMSSA identified in February 2000 the need to align the Value Engineering professional education and training programmes in South Africa with SAQA / NQF.

 02.)       A task team was set up to manage the process reporting to the VEMSSA Executive Committee (Task team, John Cluett and Kurt J Huber)

 03.)       First meeting between VEMSSA and ECSA (7th February 2000) to liaise the inclusion of the Value Engineering profession in the appropriate SGB (Standard Generating Group) through ECSA.

 04.)      VEMSSA contacted over 50 Stakeholders in Value Engineering representing education, corporate business and individuals to obtain a mandate to present ECSA with a consolidated effort to meet NQF outcomes.

This would include educational standards for individuals and standards for service providers.

05.)       The Engineering Standard Generating Body (ESGB) confirmed to VEMSSA on the 25th January 2001 that an VE-SGG (Value Engineering Standard Generating Group) for Value Engineering could be formed to address the outcomes covered by the Engineering Standard Generating Body (ESGB) that ECSA is managing.

 06.)      The Engineering Standard Generating Body (ESGB) contacted VEMSSA on the 12th February 2000, with the invitation to host the first Value Engineering Standard Generating Group (VE-SGG) interact at which an Officer of the ESGB informed the Value Engineering Stakeholders of the process to be followed.

 07.)      On the 13th of March 2001 a VE-SGG Interact took place. The purpose of this meeting was to inform you on the status of our participation in the activities in the  ESGB to develop Value Engineering as part of the National Qualification Framework (NQF).

 08.)      In August 2001 VEMSSA submitted the Application for Recognition as a Standards Generating Group (SGG) of the Engineering Standards Generating Body (ESGB).

 09.)      On the 19th November 2001 the Engineering Standard Generating Group (ESGB) approved the formation of the VE-SGG

 10.)       The newly appointed VE-SGG Committee completed the training in the awareness of the SAQA structures and processes, the process to develop unit standards and the process for conducting an outcomes analysis.

The training took place at the ECSA offices in Bedfordview on the 15th February 2002.

 11.)      The team met on the 8th March 2002 to establish a clear purpose for the VE-SGG and to confirm the scope of the requirements within the Engineering Standard Generating Body (ESGB) and define / map the process to write and obtain approval of unit standards.

 12.)       A progress report was issued to all the VE Stakeholders (approx. 70 People) on the 22nd March 2002 for information sharing purposes.From there it took two years to establish two Unit Standards and having them approved by the Engineering Standard Generating Body and SAQA. In 2006 the process was completed with the finalisation of the National Certificate in Value Engineering (submittall and approval).

The Unit Standards and the National Certificate - Value Engineering are South African Standards, for International qualifications view the requirements of SAVE International (USA) and IVM (Europe) Certification

SA National Certficate - Value Engineering

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National Certificate - Value Engineering, a qualification available through SAQA (South African Qualification Authority)
Established in 2006.
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NC - Value Engineering PDF (84.85 KB) K. Huber 2011/05/20

SAVE International Certification

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What is the SAVE International Certification Program?

The Certification Program is composed of two major elements: individual professional certification and educational program approval.

The highest level is the Certified Value Specialist (CVS), which is recognition of the individual who has met all certification requirements, both technical and experience, and whose principal career is value engineering.

The Associate Value Specialist (AVS) program recognizes those individuals who decided to become professional value engineers but who have not yet acquired all the experience or technical skills expected of a CVS.

The Value Methodology Practitioner (VMP) program was established to recognize those individuals who acquired the basic skills of value engineering/analysis but their principal career is not value engineering.

The CVS and VMP must recertify every four years.

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SAVE International Certification Study Guide PDF (602.96 KB) K. Huber 2011/05/20
SAVE International Certification And Recertificat PDF (483.3 KB) K. Huber 2011/05/20

The Institute of Value Management (IVM)

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In the UK, there are three levels of recognised certification, based on experience and knowledge:

Certificated Value Analyst (CVA) - UK only

Professional in Value Management (PVM) - (Europe). The scheme seeks to create a qualification of Professional in Value Management (PVM). This qualification signals competence to lead value studies in a variety of environments and contribute to the development of VM strategies.

Trainer in Value Management (TVM) - (Europe). In order to develop competence to train to an appropriate standard, the qualification of Trainer in Value Management (TVM) has been introduced. This qualification is only available for PVMs with at least 2 years experience, who must then attend a 4 day course on material development and training

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IVM Certfication Guidelines PDF (34.02 KB)  more ] K. Huber 2011/05/20

VE Unit Standards

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VE Unit Standard 114599 - Apply Functional Value to Engineering Design

VE Unit Standard 114601 - Identify select and coordinate Value Engineering project life cycle phase
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VE Unit Standard 114601 - Identify select and coor PDF (1.06 MB) K. Huber 2011/05/17
VE Unit Standard 114599 - Apply Functional Value t PDF (1.15 MB) K. Huber 2011/05/17
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